How did you help someone today?

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  1. Martinis Clarkey

    Martinis Clarkey Novice

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    Saturday at Preston Railway station a bemused traveller was looking for the way out off the station from an underground walk way as he had a taxi to meet. He asked me for help but as I was going for a train I couldnt walk him out as I would have done ordinarily so I directed him to the lift that would take him to his desired destination. I presume the chap caught the taxi on time.
     
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  2. OrangeDudeLeo

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    A man was driving erratically around the road (some wrong way driving too). We pulled him over. After talking to him he admitted to taking a Xanax and not sleeping for around three days. Earlier this morning his baby was born but stuck in the ICU. After doing field sobriety, he was very clearly not safe to drive and warranted being arrested. It may not seem like "helping" someone, but since we got him off the road, we helped him coordinate a riode, secured his vehicle, and made sure to wait with him so he wouldnt drive in his condition. Nobody had been hurt by him yet and the poor guy was not having an okay day. It felt like the least we could do for the family.
     
  3. OrangeDudeLeo

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    Woo! Yay Southern Hospitality!
     
  4. Zandera Sommers

    Zandera Sommers Resident Citizen

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    So you're a cop, Leo? I would say keeping unsafe drivers off the road helps themselves and others!
     
  5. OrangeDudeLeo

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    I am! In fact that's where Leo comes from. Law Enforcement Officer
     
  6. Alyccea Nymaessene

    Alyccea Nymaessene Aes Sedai

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    Hear hear! Good job, Leo! :fistbump
     
  7. Cynayne Nilonne

    Cynayne Nilonne Novice

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    Not today, but I have to post here because service to others gave a great deal of meaning to my profession. I am a pharmacist, and in the day to day of retail pharmacy it is easy to get caught up in the grind of dealing with insurance issues, grumpy patients, and counting pills. For many years, that was all I did, and my satisfaction with my chosen profession waned over time until I was completely disillusioned with the job. When I changed my way of thinking about my work - instead of just filling prescriptions and answering questions I looked for unmet needs - my job became much more fulfilling.

    Of course, not every patient brings an opportunity for service, but there are more than you might think. I am not very good at doing what feels like tooting my own horn, but in the interest of inspiring someone else to find deeper meaning in the day to day grind by serving others, I will try to share here when those opportunities arise.
     
  8. Elania al'Manir

    Elania al'Manir Aes Sedai Head of the Yellow Ajah Forum Moderator

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    Would you be able to expand upon what you mean by looking for unmet needs? :)
     
  9. Cynayne Nilonne

    Cynayne Nilonne Novice

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    Certainly! I have several examples.

    The frazzled mother with sick children who appreciates that I now take a little time to ask how she is holding up and listens to her talking about her challenges instead of just focusing on the sick children.

    The lady who I know is poor, and who has to make a decision which of her lifesaving meds to buy this month, even with copays below a dollar. I'll just swipe my credit card for her to have all her meds.

    The patient with aphasia (brain damage that interferes with speech) that most of the techs don't like dealing with because he is slow and confusing and sometimes has little tantrums? I made a point to talk with him and found out that he has no problem processing incoming language, he just can't get his own words out right. So now I take more time with him, sometimes I draw out a little symbol board and just let him point, and I constantly try to find creative ways that might allow him to communicate with me more accurately and more easily. Now we have trust, and no tantrums (and I totally get how frustrating it must be to be in his shoes) although the techs are still shy to deal with him ;)

    Sometimes it is as simple as offering to reheat someone's starbucks on a cold day when they have an extra long wait for their prescriptions. I think in today's world, kindness and deeper communication alone are meeting needs people don't even realize they have.

    Each interaction is an opportunity to think about the other person and what they may be going through and look for a way to make their day a little easier. The tiniest things can make the biggest difference - like when someone only has 2 dollars to spare and has to choose between their medication and whether or not they will have to walk home or can afford to catch the bus.
     
  10. Narysse a'Jahar

    Narysse a'Jahar Aes Sedai

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    I appreciate the days like this week when I get frantic phone call after phone call for issues ranging from illegal evictions to domestic violence and people are hyperventilating at first but I can talk them down out of that state and hear them smiling in relief by the end. Or where they are super angry when they first call but I can get them back in a good mood.

    Those are good days for legal aid secretaries who have to deal with emotional calls about 3/4 of the week. A lot of my week consists of helping people like that.

    :)
     
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  11. Andwin de'Gothia

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    I did help my grandmother go shopping
     
  12. Morrighan Daghdera

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    Today was a big day. I had been wanting to donate my daughter's hair when the time was right. I just couldn't bring myself to get so much cut. She finally talked me into it and understood what her donation means to a sick child somewhere. She knows how lucky we are with her health and was happy to help someone else. 8 inches donated to Pantene. :D
     
  13. Siusane al'Cuyler

    Siusane al'Cuyler Aes Sedai Servant of All Coordinator Forum Moderator

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    it brightens my day to hear these things. :)

    Laithean, I became a girl scout leader this past year too, to start a neighborhood troop. we recently (well, back in May! ha.) finished up the year successfully, yay! I had put out a call for other leaders to help and the ladies who stepped up were awesome.

    this week...well, since May as well, off and on...I've been helping my inlaws...my poor FIL had some complications with surgery, and has had an extended stay in the ICU...my husband has done a lot for them, I've also driven my MIL to hospital, gone shopping for food and fixed meals and freezer meals, toured rehab facilities...of course they're family, there's no way we wouldn't help! but it makes me think about the people who don't have family nearby or may be isolated within their community, and boy, it makes me realize how important it is to try to help people in such circumstances.
     
  14. Heron Tallamand

    Heron Tallamand Gaidin

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    I am donating every year to "Doctors Without Borders".
    I have a good feeling that the money will be used wisely.
     
  15. Narysse a'Jahar

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    Our main translator person at work is in a different office today, and we have a clinic tonight. So, until he gets here that means I'm translating for our clients who need it. Yay for high school Spanish!

    ^^
     
  16. Polegnyn Nemeara

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    Nothing major, imo, but today my daughter and I held some double doors open for an elderly couple as we left our usual Sunday brunch spot. Felt especially proud of her doing that without asking her to help. Then the man remarked as he walked by me, "She gets it from you," which doubled my already tasty-carb-infused-new-menu-item good mood. So yeah ^^

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    ETA: Donated 150 bottled water bottles to my daughter's school for science experiments or art projects. Glad they could be used for something educational before they are recycled.
     
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  17. Dnae Ila

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    I had a pretty crappy afternoon yesterday and was trying to get my shopping done as quickly as possible. As I was looking for diapers on the shelf, I overheard two young women near tears and on the phone with someone trying to figure out how many packages of diapers they could make stretch because the price on the big box went up a dollar so they were short.

    So I offered to buy the box for them. They tried to get me to just pay the dollar difference, but I told them to use their $15 on something else. If they were that tight on money, simply knowing they still had $15 would take off a huge load of stress.

    I thought, helping others always makes me feel good, and I could use some feel-good right now. Plus, I try to do a good deed on my birthday every year and I missed it this year, so I counted this as my birthday gift.
     
  18. Aerien Millefiori

    Aerien Millefiori Aes Sedai

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    I volunteer with a rideshare that allows people to visit their loved ones that are incarcerated - we pick them up from their homes and drive them to prison for visiting hours for free. My car has been shaking wildly and is clearly unsafe to drive so I haven't been able to give rides for a few weeks, but the other day I posted about it on facebook and a friend signed up to start giving rides herself! :joy
     
  19. Calen Velervron

    Calen Velervron Gaidin Director of Community Outreach Forum Moderator

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    I pulled some kids from a really dangerous meth lab home today. Usually they are pretty upset but these kids thanked me. They were tired of being sick. I’m not going to lie and tell you a lot of stuff still upsets me but that made me cry.
     
  20. Nebka Galyn

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    :hug Calen